Oklahoma State rallied from 10 points behind in the final half to eliminate Florida Gulf Coast 61-60 in overtime in the Cowgirls opening game of the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament on the campus of Purdue University. The Cowgirls fought back with tenacious defense in the game’s closing minutes.
OSU trailed 55-49 with under 5-minutes remaining but the Cowgirls went on a 7-0 run to take the lead on a LaShawn Jones layup off a great pass from Ro Johnson. The game went back-and-forth from there, and Johnson missed a shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, tied at 57.
In the extra session, Jenna Cobb drilled a 3-point shot to give Florida Gulf Coast a 60-59 lead with 3-minutes left. But OSU’s all-Big 12 point guard Tiffany Bias, who had not made a single basket the entire game, hit a driving layup off a forced turnover by the Cowgirls and OSU led 61-60 with :41 remaining in OT.
Florida Gulf Coast tried to find their shooters in the end, but OSU’s Brittany Martin intercepted two consecutive in-bounds passes, with :01 remaining and with :00.7 to play, to seal the narrow victory. With the win, #5 seed OSU (24-8) will most likely play #4 seed Purdue on the Boilermakers home court Monday night.
Johnson led OSU with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Jones had 10 points, making all 5 of her attempted shots.